Politics

…come to the U. S.?

…despite the relative mainstreaming of psychedelics in recent years, psilocybin mushrooms are ranked alongside heroin as a Schedule 1 drug in the United States. But over recent months, decriminalization efforts have opened a chink in the United States’ forbidding drug laws. [In 2020], D.C., [Ann Arbor MI, Oakland, CA, etc. voters approved use of/personal production of,…

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Anthropology

Mount Sinai [New York] launches psychedelics research center

Launched… Center for Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Trauma Research Mount Sinai Health System is New York City’s largest academic medical system, encompassing eight hospitals… medical school, and a… network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Original Article (Eureka Alert):Mount Sinai launches psychedelics research centerArtwork Fair Use: Public Domain

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Biography/Memoir

…in a Chinese mdma factory

The problem with MDMA is not purity, price or availability. It is a lack of understanding – a fundamental, systematic, cultural ignorance of the drug and the way it is used – on the part of the politicians who uphold and extend the illogical laws to ban MDMA, and any drug. That is the problem.  PMK-glycidate, a…

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Politics

Oakland’s next… psychedelic [step]… approved unanimously by city council

A resolution passed unanimously by Oakland City Council on December 15 has once more put the city in the spotlight for its progressive policies surrounding the decriminalization of psychedelic substances. The measure actively urges Oakland’s leadership to work with the State of California to decriminalize, rather than legalize, entheogenic plants and fungi. The Oakland Community Healing Initiative…

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Spirituality

[Religion and] psychedelics… the future

Under federal law the psychedelic is not safe enough to use as a medicine but it’s safe enough to use as a sacrament. It stated that, in order to interfere with the sacramental use, the government needed to prove that [plants and fungi are] too dangerous to use; and it failed to do so. In…

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Politics

2020 was the year [of] momentous drug reform…

Drug legalisation [& decriminalization] is now not just a concept being discussed by hippies around a fire… The biggest thing to happen in the drugs world [in 2020] was a gust of reform, a liberalising wind which buffeted, harangued and blew away some of the creaking, cobwebbed furniture of the century-old global war on drugs,…

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Politics

The push to diversify Colorado’s cannabis industry

The disparity is frustrating… because before Colorado OK’d marijuana, Black and brown Centennial Staters bore the brunt of drug enforcement efforts. In fact, according to data from the American Civil Liberties Union, Black people are nearly four times more likely than white people to be arrested for marijuana possession nationally. Legislation matters, says Woodson, who promotes a…

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Anthropology

Oregon voters said yes to [decriminalizing] psilocybin… what’s next?

Unlike Oregon’s Measure 110, which decriminalized possession of small amounts of [psilocybin], Measure 109 did not decriminalize psilocybin. Instead, it calls for a regulatory framework… [Additionally, the authors of the John’s Hopkins-Lancet Commission on Public Health and International Drug Policy call for non-violent minor drug offenses including use, possession, and petty sale, to be decriminalized]. [And finally], November…

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Psychology

…psychedelics: what’s next for wellness’ mushroom…

Like cannabis, the first step toward legalization of psychedelics is to allow them for medical use. As a result, a host of medical startups have sprung up to develop psychedelics for mental health treatment. As for the prospect of becoming legal recreationally… people might have thought, ‘Cannabis is never going to be legal,’ and here…

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